South Africa Tour of England 2022: England vs South Africa – 2nd Test Preview and Updates

South Africa defeated England by an innings at Lord’s in three days, and the second of three Tests begins on Thursday morning at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. In the first game, England was bowled out twice in 82.4 overs, with South Africa’s bowlers receiving a lot of praise. Continue reading as we preview this Test. This game begins at 11:00 a.m. local time in Manchester.

England’s strategy will not change as a result of the crushing defeat at Lord’s, but their confidence will undoubtedly be shaken. England will need to get off to a good start in this match.

South Africa has defeated India, Bangladesh, New Zealand, and England in their last six Tests and has a bowling attack capable of causing England problems in Manchester.

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England vs South Africa

Match Details to Note

Match: England vs South Africa, 2nd Test, South Africa Tour of England 2022

Date: August 25, 2022 (Thursday)                                                    

Time: 3:30 PM IST

Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

England (Match Odds – 1.95):

Team News:

Losing twice in three days at Lord’s was enough to send England’s fans and media into a frenzy, with the vast majority demanding that Zak Crawley be excluded from this game. However, the England management has indicated that Crawley will be supported in this game and the final Test of the series.

Full Squad:

Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes (wk), Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robbinson

Players to watch out for:

Joe Root (Match Odds – 7.50)

It takes more than two years to find an England Test Match victory in which Joe Root did not score a half-century. South African bowlers were overjoyed when he was dismissed at Lord’s.

Jonny Bairstow (Match Odds – 10.00)

After being dismissed for a duck in the first innings at Lord’s, England’s form batter of the summer carried the attack for a short period of the second innings. This year, he has six Test centuries.

James Anderson (Match Odds – 11.00)

The swing bowler deserved more than Dean Elgar’s single wicket in the first Test. His accuracy and ability to swing the ball both ways were unparalleled.

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Possible Playing XI:

Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, Jack Lees, James Anderson

Team Form:

England had won four consecutive Tests but were brought crashing back down to earth after a dismal performance at Lord’s.

South Africa (Match Odds – 2.75):

Team News:

The visitors dominated England from the moment they won the toss and chose to bowl first ahead of the first Test at Lord’s, and they never let up. Although there may be some disagreement about whether to field two spinners, we expect South Africa to remain unchanged.

Full Squad:

Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (wk), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Simon Harmer, Khaya Zondo, Lutho Sipamla, Ryan Rickelton, Glenton Stuurman

Players to watch out for:

Dean Elgar (Match Odds – 11.00)

The captain followed through on his tough pre-match talk by getting the most out of his bowlers at Lord’s. He scored 47 runs in an 85-run first-inning partnership with Sarel Erwee.

Kagiso Rabada (Match Odds – 11.00)

The right-arm fast bowler was inducted into the Lord’s Honours Board after taking 5-52 in England’s first innings. He was also named Player of the Match.

Sarel Erwee (Match Odds – 17.00)

Sarel Erwee appeared to be a picture of concentration, application, and grit in his first test in England. He thoroughly deserved his 73.

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Possible Playing XI:

Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Kyle Verreyne (wk), Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Keshav Maharaj

Team Form:

South Africa should never be underestimated, especially in this format, where they are aiming for their fifth consecutive Test victory.

England vs South Africa Top Team Batsmen

Our England batting predictions are Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, and Ollie Pope. Pope led England in the first innings at Lord’s, scoring 73 runs.

Dean Elgar, Sarel Erwee, and Keegan Petersen are our picks to bat for South Africa. Erwee impressed in the first Test, and England’s bowlers will be aware that he does not waste opportunities.

England vs South Africa Top Team Bowlers

For England, we recommend James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Ollie Robinson. Robinson has been out with an injury for the past month, but he hopes to return to the Test wickets in this game.

Our bowling picks for South Africa are Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Keshav Maharaj. Maharaj impressed with his control and variations at Lord’s and should benefit from more surface assistance in Manchester.

England vs South Africa Head to Head

With their victory at Lord’s last week, South Africa reduced their overall Test deficit against England. Since South Africa’s victory at Lord’s in 2003, no other team has defeated England by an innings.

England vs South Africa Head to Head Stats in Test

Matches Played ENG Won SA Won Draw NR
Overall 154 64 35 55 0
Last 5 5 3 2 0 0

England vs South Africa Toss Prediction

Both captains wanted to bat first at Lord’s, and weather conditions will play a role here as well. It should not be as cloudy as it was on Day 1 at Lord’s, and we expect both teams to bat first.

England vs South Africa Pitch Report

This year’s pitch has produced a number of high-scoring games and will continue to do so as the game progresses. The pace bowlers are expected to take the majority of the wickets in the first two sessions.

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At the start of the game, it will be humid, but the temperature will reach 21 degrees on Day 1. There is a good chance that there will be no rain delays throughout the match.

England vs South Africa Prediction

South Africa was at the top of their game at Lord’s, and replicating that performance in Manchester may be a tall order. The press will not criticize England, and we expect McCullumill to continue to support his players. Overall, we anticipate a close match with England winning.

England is the favourite to beat South Africa at the odds of 1.95.

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